July 5, 1987- NBC News Special Report **


Diplomatic efforts continue as the crisis between the United States and Soviet Union over Thursday’s naval action in the Mediterranean that left a US frigate damaged and a sank a Soviet cruiser continues to escalate. The US and Soviet Union have blamed each other for the incident that left 30 US sailors and 100 Soviets dead. General Secretary Romanov addressed his nation this morning and said the Soviet Union ‘stands ready to withstand further aggression by the United States.’ President Reagan, in an address earlier this evening, has laid blame on the Soviet Union and warned Romanov not to test American resolve. In light of the current situation and heightened tension in Europe, Reagan announced that reinforcements from the US will begin leaving for Europe this evening and a call up reservists in the near future is likely.


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